The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Due to COVID-19 and our ongoing commitment to community health and safety, we will continue to offer our usual programming in a virtual format. Our online curriculum is synchronous, dynamic, and participatory online learning, sharing, and community building.  

Upcoming Programming:

The Juniper Young Writers Online (JYWO) full programs: July 12-23 and July 12-16 (applications for the full week programs are closed)

The Juniper Young Writers Online (JYWO) writing packages: July 12-16. Registration is open!

How to Apply

Applications closed for the Summer 2021 program on May 17. If you'd like to get a taste of our programming, join us online for a Craft or Write-along Package!
We leave the application information available below so that anyone who'd like to apply for our next program can see what the application requires.
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The Juniper Young Writers Online program welcomes young writers in grades 8-12.

Juniper seeks creative students who are dedicated to exploring the writing process and developing their skills in a collaborative environment. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and writing styles to apply.

To apply for a scholarship and/or the early bird price, apply by April 12. Final deadline to apply is May 17.


Application Process:

Applications are accepted online, and admission is on a rolling basis until the program is full.

Application materials include:

  • Writing Sample: The strength and promise of the writing sample is the most important aspect of your application. It should be 5-7 pages of fiction (double-spaced) or poetry (one poem per page, or longer poems spanning up to 7 total pages of poetry). Samples should be saved in one document (doc, docx, pdf, rtf, or txt). Please include your name & email address as a header or footer.

  • Writer's Statement: A statement of 300 - 500 words that describes your current writing projects and goals, any identities that inform your work, and what being a member of a writing community means to you. Tell us what you write and why you write it!

  • Teacher* Recommendation: During the online application process, you will be asked to enter the email address and name of a teacher (*or educational consultant, professional tutor, or guidance counselor) who has agreed to provide a recommendation on your behalf. Once you submit your application, the recommender will receive an email with instructions for how to fill out a brief recommendation form. Please let them know that their recommendation must be received for your application to be complete. Be sure to obtain permission from your recommender before submitting their contact information in your application!


We have a number of full scholarships available for both the one and two-week programs. BIPOC and underrepresented young writers are especially encouraged to apply for the available funding. In order to apply for a scholarship, just check the box "I would like to be considered for a scholarship" in the application. On average, 30% of our participants attend with funding each year. 


We do our best to make admission decisions within 4-6 weeks of receipt. Please note that we cannot make offers of admission until we've received a completed recommendation form. Once accepted, enrollment in the Juniper Young Writer Online program is guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to enroll and pay a non-refundable $200 deposit to secure your space.